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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 « MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1974 Police Corruption A National Problem A Case For 'Citizen Action' As he had promised week before last, Rep. Thomas Sparks of Fordyce last week filed a suit seeking to stop the $74.4 million (or more) Capilol Mall building project. A hearing on a temporary injunction is scheduled to be held this morning in Pulaski Chancery Court. . Sparks, with the moral support of a considerable number of legislators, asks that the 1973 law expanding the state Public Building Authority power be declared unconstitutional. His action coincides, significantly, with the initial phases o£ bid letting for certain parts of the Mall project. Major bid letting is scheduled for the latter part of this month. Specifically, Sparks' suit challenges the legal status of the PBA's authority on five principal points: -- The Mall project would be financed primarily by the sale of bonds without a popular vote, which is required by the state Constitution. -- The PEA has obtained unlawful legislative authority. -- The law violates a section of the state Constitution by authorizing the PBA to participate with other state agencies in long- term leases. -- The PBA is exceeding its statutory authority. Area legislators Sen. Morriss Henry and Rep. Charles Stewart have been in the forefront of those lawmakers seeking review of- the mammoth building project unveiled only a few weeks ago by the Building Authority. Initially, according to the area legislators, the bill was presented as a $15 million item. From that point, without legislative debate or review, the project has grown into one with the potential of costing ,$180 million. Rep. Sparks' suit is the first step in a battle certain to wind up in the state Supreme Court. Proponents of the measure, say the building project is good business, in as much as it will be self-liquidating through state rentals. They add, that if construction is delayed, it will only cost more. The real debate, however, involves the legality of a maneuver whereby so huge an investment of state funds can be made without legislative review. It is a bad precedent ·-- indeed, a critically dangerous one -- in the view of local legislators. For that reason, they are offering their support to Rep. Sparks in obtaining funds (on a pro rata basis, for this corner of the state) in underwriting the legal appeal. A sum of $1,000 has been assigned to this area, and Rep. Stewart and Sen. Henry will accept collections up to that amount. They emphasize that no more will be needed, or accepted.. The TIMES is advised that a portion of the sum is already secured. However, the legislators are anxious to obtain sums from as wide a spectrum of private citizens'as possible with the view that the legal action is a "citizen action" suit in the best interests of good, constitutional state government. The expectation, according to Rep. Stewart, is that proportional sums from throughout the state will be forthcoming to underwrite the legal processes of reviewing the PBA authority. It is an important matter to pursue, and we commend our legislators for their leadership in seeking a judicial resolution. From The Readers Viewpoint Let There Be A Light To the Editor: I too am concerned about Greenland's school children crossing Highway 71. But I am .more concerned about Greenland's elderly citizens of which one is my grandmother. The only Post Office in Greenland is on the east side of Highway 71. Anyone familiar with Greenland knows that most of the population is on the west side of Highway 71. Our elderly population cannot run to beat the traffic as the child in your photograph (Sun., Sept. 8, 1974). They have to wait for a lapse in the traffic. This won't come very often when the highway goes four lanes. Let's not only consider our school children hut also our elderly citizens, too. They mean a lot to us and we want them here with us as long as possible. If we can prevent a traffic death, let's prevent it. Traffic deaths are senseless. Kathleen Wallace Springdale Good Page To the Editor: I am very pleased to note that you are featuring a page each Monday devoted to the Ecology and Environment, This is certainly an important subject which needs attention. Much of the pollution and damage to the environment, is due primarily to apathy, thoughtfulness and carelessness. Improvement, prevention and correction may be accorn- p 1 i s h e d when the public becomes more aware or conscious of the need. You are contributing toward this goal. Very good effort, indeed. We are close to this situation. We are located about two miles north of Winslow, on highway 71. Tiie West Fork of the While River runs thru our grounds 840 feet of it. (The River flows NORTH along here) This stream is beiirg polluted con- sEanlly. When the water recedes, the rocks are white with detergent. Occassionally, an oil slick shows up with a brownish cast. The Town of West Fork gets their water from this same stream. Many people swim in it near Brentwood during the summer. The children like to play in it at our place - the tourists. Much wild life must drink from it. This condition must be corrected. I ask for your help. You may print all or any part of this letter. You may pass this info on to the proper agency or authorities. You may advise Billy Graham's Answer My husband's grandma is 92 and a recent convert to a belief which considers Chris't someone less than and distinct from God Himself. I happen to believe Jesus is fully man and yet fully . God. Anyway, the only thing a c c o m p l i s h e d b y o u r discussions is to give me a splitting headache. Here's my question -- is il really all lhat vital to regard Christ as God? P.O. Jesus once asked His disciples a penelralinig Question (Matthew 16:13): "Whom do men. say that 1 am?" The ojg fisherman's answer confirmed that He was, ttic "Christ, the Son of the living God." Then Jesus indicated the importance of His divine identity by n a m i n g it as the very foundation of the church. On another occasion (John 5:16), Jesus was challenged by the authorities for breaking the Sabbath. This led, on His part, to a momentous assertion of His divinity. He first justified Himself by the example of His Father, and then later, spoke of the Divine prerogatives it conferred upon Him. Let's face it, If Jesus were not a Divine person, the claims He made would have been blasphemous. But the Bible says He had the Divine power to give life, tq judge the wold and to provide for the great resurrection at the end of the age. Don't engage in arguments about your faith. Live the Christian life, and by appropriate words and actions, plus fervent and regular prayer, trust God for your grandmother's Biblical conversion before her life concludes. They'll Dp | t Every Time WHAT THIS COUNTRY NtePS IS A RUBBER P066IE BAG FOR PEQR6 WHO HAVE TO PRINK ANP RUN- THREE MORE INVITATIONS FOR COCKTAILS-THe SAME PAY- THEY WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO PAYOFFTHEIE SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS _ I'M GLAP 3$* "VJ, we. HAP OUR 1 '"~^ PARTY EARLY.' posoweeoop HAM60VER- SUMMER^ OVER/ me as to the proper course to pursue to get some action on the situation. I would appreciate any assistance at all. Roysc R. Akin Winslow 'Two Cents' To the .Editor: Here is my "two cents" in. regard to inflation. I believe anyone is entitled to two mistakes, not three. You made the first one around eight years ago when our Government decided to go to the moon. So you had a crash program and you doubled the wage scale to hire college graduates just out of school and machinists for NASA. To compete for man power, a businessman had to meet the wage demands.' Your second mistake was about three years ago when the postmen went on strike, you gave them a "wopping" 55 per cent raise along with all the rest of the government employees to an average of $10.000.00 per year. Now. I. being a fair businessman and pretty good with figures, it would seem to me, with 1 out of 6 of the working force working for Federal and Local Government, that this is a pretty good block of votes. But, I am sure that you feel as I do that, our Country comes before our self-interest. Now, before you make your third mistake. As yon are planning a 5Vi per cent raise to all government employes. that, are now making 25 per cent to 30 per cent higher wages than the average worker in tins great country. 7t would seem to me that the only Senator who understands the problem is Senator Goldwater, who made a public statement around three weeks ago stating that all Federal workers should have a 10 per cent cut in pay to curb inflation. And now, three days ago. President Ford, said he would ask Congress to hold up the approved raise for three months and, that it would save the Govcrment $300 M i l l i o n dollars. Now Gentlemen, just t h i n k a minute, and if you use your adding machine at a ID per cent reduction in pay for all Government employes the savin? for one year at a minimum figure would be around $214 Billion Dollars. Then you could afford to civc a tax reduction that is badly needed, to bring back the American Peoples confidence in our Government. Honestly, Gentlemen, you would not believe the problems that I am having with my small business w i t h employes, shortages, costs., etc. etc. After 30 years in business and being a very strong person recently, I wound up in the hospital with an "ulcer", and if the problem does not improve shortly. I will have to sell out, before I have a heart attack. May I give you a little "extra" advice. If, T were running the Government, with the problems we have today, instead of raising prices and labor. T would try to lower prices and labor at 5 per cent a year for 5 years, so. we could compete in the Wrold Market and reduce our balance of payment. It. sounds so simple. it might work. You must start realizing that the "Money Well' has run dry and you must start cutting away the excess fat before it is too late. Bob Horowitz Houston, Tex. By .TACK ANDKKSON WASHINGTON -- America's top prosecutors' gathered behind closed doors in Washington last month to lake up an urgent problem: What can be done about police corruption? The . ugly truth is lhat more and more policemen arc themselves becoming criminals. For cash under the table, they protect organized crime, expedite the flow of illicit drugs and even close their eyes to gangland murders. Police scandals have erupted in more than a dozen-major cities. New York City's-finest, for example, have been accused of everything from stealing Ihe money out of lost-and-found wallets to selling confiscated heroin back to the underworld. Former commissioner Patrick Murphy told us he had found so much corruption in the New York police force lhat lo clean it up entirely would have left ' some areas of the city at a skeleton level of police prolec- tion. In other cities, law-abiding · citizens .arc compelled to accept police corruption as the price they must pay for prelection from violent street crimes. The prosecutors were invited lo Ihc Washington seminar by tlie Police Foundation, which is headed by Murphy. Attending the secret sessions were the men who brought down ex-Vice President Spiro Agnew, cracked Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's political machine and are now putting the squeeze on Philadelphia's Mayor Frank Rizzo and New York City's political boss Meade Esposito. - · The Washington Merry-Gb-Round Hire are highlights from Uio ·confidential minutes, which we obtained from one of the participants: "Unfortunately," reports the minutes, "the group...found in its experiences that most police administrators were reluctant to attack the corruption problem unless a scandal had already surfaced." Tlie prosecutors were also scornful of their political bosses and counted more on the media "to generate reform and public support. "MOST ELECTED officials were reluctant to tackle the corruption problem unless they were newly elected or a scandal had already surfaced,"'the pros e c u t o r, s agreed. They suggested ways should be found to make it "bad politics to have a corrupt police department." The Philadelphia delegates described how Mayor Frank . llizzo. who came out of the 'police force, had blocked inves: ligations. ..In Philadelphia and other . cities', internal affairs units, which the police have promised would swiftly clean up. any corruption, have covered it up instead. "Police internal affairs units arc generally ineffective in dealing with the corruption problem," agreed the delegates. "They do not pose a serious tin-cat to either the corrupt cop or the supervisors who, through laxity or intentional oversight, allow corrupt behavior to continue." The prosecutors warned that internal affairs officers also "have established ties within the department." Some may have been on the take themselves; others may be reluctant to bring charges "against those who may someday be their superiors." The prosecutors disagreed whether an independent inspection service was adequate or whether it should be totally removed from the police force. But they generally agreed that the inspection unit should have the power to wiretap, eavesdrop, issue subpoenas and grant immunity. "Without these powers," the majority felt, a reformer "may be limited in what he can accomplish." The prosecutors also favored using "turnarounds" -- policemen who are caught and are given clemency if they will lead the probcrs to higher officials -r- despite the fact that "turnarounds are currently viewed negatively by the law-enforcement community." THE PROSECUTORS had a low regard, according to the minutes, for police unions. Many unions ignored corruption f among the members, and others actively opposed efforts to eliminate corrupt police. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has also shown a strange reluctance to press the corruption issue, possibly because it might embarrass some of the most distinguished chiefs. At the end of the session, Bagged Herblock is taking a jew weeks off to finish a book. A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought COMMUNITY COLLEGES. Edmund J. Gleazer, Jr., "The C o m m u n i t y ' s Campus," September 1974, pp. 2G-27. "They have been called 'people's colleges,' 'commuter colleges,' and 'democracy's colleges' by observers seeking to capture the special character of those uniquely American educational institutions, our public community and junior colleges." "By whatever name, they have made a substantial impact on the shape of poslsecondary education in this country. And they have done so in a relatively short period of time--not quite 75 years....Their essence is the American ideal of equal opportunity for all, and their role has been that of opening channels for further education I o greater numbers of Americans.' "Today, with 937 public, two- year colleges in operation, plus 228 conducted under private auspices, the number of new institutions being established has leveled off ... Total enrollments' now stand at about 3,144,ODO. Numerical growth has meantime been replaced by an expanded view of functions to be served...Equally important, however,, the community junior college seeks to serve as a general resource center for the population area it serves...The campus and the community in effect become one." teachers are willing to employ." "Having learned that economic plight and just causes tend to be inadequate weapons, they have begun to adopt the more aggressive actions of other labor groups...Since the first teachers' strike in New York City 'in 1962, labor's ultimate weapon has been used by teach- e r s with g r o w i n g frequency...^! only tactics but demands, too, have changed. Economic benefits are not the only gains teachers are asking for." "They arc also insisting on more equitable procedures for resolving their grievances. Specifically, the right to collective bargaining is the key issue...As teachers come to the realization lhat the justness of their cause does not deliver benefits lo them or to their pupils, an awareness is growing that they need a political strategy and that they cannot do battle alone. Increasingly, their only course is coalition with their natural allies, the parents." "Men floundered, and still do. longing for the familiar feel of solid ground...Many men bought a lurtleneck dress shirt and wore it uncomfortably but hope- ully with a madallion on a chain, only to discover within three months that it would not do.. Men formerly f r e e - f r o m doubt wore their new finery with colossal self-consciousness, staring covertly at everyone else to find out what tlie score really was about all this stuff." TEACHER DISCONTENT. Barbara Kocppel, "Why Teachers Strike," T h e Progressive, September, 1974, pp. 24-2V. "School officials assert that much has happened over the years to change the teachers'' lot for the better. Teachers, however, a r g u e convincingly that although changes have come about, gains are rare. For the most part, they insist, the' changes amount to deteriorating work condilions and a decline in the status of teachers. What lias changed, nevertheless, are the tactics which MEN'S FASHIONS. A n n e Hollander, "Clothes Make the Man--Uneasy," The New Republic. Sept. 7, 1974, pp. 15-17. "The last decade has made a large number of men more uneasy about what to wear than they might ever have believed possible...Women have been so accustomed to dealing with extreme fashion for so long that they automatically brace themselves for whatever is coming next, including their own willingness to resist or conform and all the probable masculine responses." "Men in modern times have only lately felt any pressure to pay that kind of attention...Into (his stable system the widlh-of- tic question erupted in the early 'fiOs. Suddenly, and for the first time in centuries, the rale of change in masculine fashion accelerated wilh disconcerting violence, throwing a new light on all the steady old arrangements." Murphy solicited suggestions from the prosecutors who proposed everything from swapping information to setting higher stiindards. One prosecutor suggested a college-like academy for police. Another . cracked that "lliere . was no basis for concluding i relationship exists between college education and integrity." He possibly had in mind ttmt the major Watergate defendants had attended the best in» vei'sitie . T h e Ford-funded Police Foundation has offered, if invited, lo send a team into problem cities to study corruption and lo recommend reforms. But so far, ho one apparently wants to risk a good Murphy clean-up. Footnote: Among cities that could use a clean-up team, Murphy suggested, include Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Dishonest police pick up their attitudes in the courthouse, he said, where they see lawyers -buying witnesses, judges and other police. --United Feature Syndicate W/iat About Pollution Of Noise? JOY OF JOYS Occasionally the best-laid plans go awry and things somehow have a way of working ' themselves out for the better. Such apparently was the casa when, through a shipping error, a Roman Catholic girls' school in St. Louis received 25 copies ' of a book other than the one . they ordered. The girls were to receive ! "The Joy of Cooking." but tlie school's order to Paperback Supply, Inc. was . improperly f i l l e d . Instead, t h e girls" received "The Joy of Sex." ' Ahem. The error was not discovered until the book firm took an inventory. No one had complained, no books were returned,' and the school promptly paid the bill -- even though the sex manual price totaled 525 more than the cookbooks would have cost. We imagine that, by the time they're the proper age, the girls will have burnt a few eggplant souffles but will know a lot more about "what's cooking" in the real world. -Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record LOVED AGAIN The surest sigh that the gasoline crisis has cased comes not in a pronouncement from the federal energy czar but from a sign outside a service station in Ramseur; "Customers Wanted -- No Experience Necessary." Who knows -- maybe before long we will be able to have our windshields washed again. --Charlotte (N.C.) Observer WESTERN DECADENCE. Rence Wincgarten, "The Idea of Decadence," Commentary, September 1974, pp. 65-69. "H might seem otiose to inquire whether our Western Culture, as a whole, is decadent. I hazard a guess that if an opinion poll on decadence were conducted now, a great many answers could be in the affirmative...Some would join in proposing the decline in rcli- and the morbid growth of in- gious faith and moral values, terest in the 'occult. Others would readily opt for misgovernment...and the failure ot resolve enduring economic, monetary and social problems." "Yet others would suggest sexual license, erotomania, her- maphoroditism, drug-taking, as patent signs of decadence. A number would urge the deplorably coarse, literal-minded trend of much current literature and art...Only too often, the belief that one is living at the end of a moribund cycle enables the person...lo evade responsibility. That is why it can be so pleasurable. He is not to blame.'.' "This spineless altitude continues to play into the hands ot the new barbarians, those whoso avowed aim is to overthrow and destroy utterly what they maintain is a decadent order of things...Perhaps, after all it is not decadence itself, so much as the ready acceptance of the idea of an all pervasive decadence, which is insidiously demoralizing." ANTIQUES One odd fact reported from class reunions is that those antique teachers now look younger than sonic of their fo'rmer pupils. --Anderson (S.C.) Independent 'ALTERNATE MERGE' IDEA . It was most gratifying to note in connection with a new approach system to the Churchland Bridge, that an idea we plumped for dVi this page some years ago had taken at least partial, and quite precise, shape. Whst we had advocated was a regularized system for dealing with the problem of two lanes of cars being squeezed inlo one lane, say at a bottleneck where "Merge Right" or "Merge Left" still can leave some driver cooling his tiros while a line of bumpcr-to-bum- per motorists streams callously past Into the constricted lane. Or when a similar narrowing created at a temporary construction job on one lane of a t w o -1 a n e thoroughfare. We argued lhat it should be a rule- of-the-road, enforced by generally agreed courtesy if not by law, for alternate cars to feed into a single lane. And so in' the local situation recently the simple good sense of this arrangement was brought to bear on a bridge approach. This was done by the specific command of a traffic sign: "Alternate Merge." Of course, a few me-first smarlalccks would always have the potential for gumming up such a system, but the odds are thai experiments like this will suggest other points for the same of tranic management. And perhaps indeed there will be such a generally observed rule of the road one of these days for even the unmarked or temporary crunch of two lanes into one. Which should make for at least a small reduction in frayed highway tempers. --Norfolk (Va.) Ledger-Star TRUTH ABOUT NEWS LEAKS It's true that since Watergate, news leaks have become a more dramatic issue. It's not like the old days when leaks were more low key. Like when members of Congress, themselves, never revealed in public wnat went on in cxeou- ve committees. They slipped thu information to newsmen in private. The big trouble then, as now, is that the public must condition itself to discern the truth from the various self-serving stories leaked on every side of a pending question. Utopia might be to do away with closed sessions, private meetings and all other secret proceedings of government, hut Ibis is obviously impossible. Since it Is impossible we will just have to go on depending upon leaks to keep us better informed, whether or not government officials like it. , --Northern Virginia Dally

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